It’s one of those very interesting Bengali stories with a potential for realistic psychological suspense drama (thanks Narayan Ganguly). Sandip Ray narrates the story quite well, as good as his contemporary Rituparno Ghosh. The special effects used in the earthquake scene looked more like the house has got a poltergeist or something! Furthermore, when everybody jumped out of the bed in panic and rushed downstairs, that moment they were neatly wrapped in their shawls! That was a ridiculous goof. Is Bengali society (and Indian) still in that level that the housewife and her educated enlightened sister work at home almost as slaves, while all male characters sit around giving orders and drinking tea and gobbling snacks and smoking constantly?! Observe how differently they treat two guests, Sunita (female) and Brojen Lahiri (male). Even after the catastrophe, the women continue to pick up debris and supply food and drink until one of them falls on her face!! Even the young characters have no prior experience of outdoor activities like rock climbing/hiking etc or rescue training in a crisis situation, other than chain smoking and reading text books! Do people sleep in bed in sharis and sweaters or with outdoor clothes on?! The castings seemed so wrong and odd. Soumitra Chatterjee didn’t have so much task here as can be demanded given his reputation. I always wondered what actually made him such a big star. People say he is a talented actor, especially in stage (live theaters). I have seen almost all his life’s works, and there is absolutely no exception in his acting, in my eyes. He plays all the good old men just as the same, with the same verbal tone, with the same accent, with the same gestures. When he plays bad guys, he just sharpens his eyes in addition. I liked Sabyasachi, Dipankar and Rituparna better in Atmiya Swajan. Parambrata Chatterjee was a complete disaster. Dark shades under his eyes like a drug addict and facial hair that made him look like a lamb. He was pathetically uncomfortable! Every time Parambrata is in the scene, the movie comes down to the level of Anjan Chowdhury/Swapan Saha/Sukhen Das’s movies. I must say that in the west we may get a wrong impression that these two guys Soumitra and Parambrata are two gay guys, because of their feminine body language, voice, line delivery, hand gestures etc. It was hard to believe that Sunita had to consider this stay-home, no-good, gay-looking young man Shyamal as a future life-partner. They had absolutely no chemistry together! I understand that, it is certainly different to depict the gradual psychological/behavioral transformation of the characters after the chock in hundred pages in the book, than to show it in a more realistic way in a movie in only 140 minutes. Considering that, I would give it 6 stars out of 10.
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